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Snapshots - Short pieces for piano by Peter Knell and Sergei Prokofiev / Markus Pawlik, piano

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> Snapshots - I. Delicate, resonant
> Snapshots - II. Funky, brutal
> Snapshots - III. Chant-like, slowly
> Snapshots - IV. Lively
> Snapshots - V. Resonant
> Snapshots - VI. Obsessive
> Snapshots - VII. Triumphant
> Snapshots - VIII. Driving
> Snapshots - IX. Bouncy
> Snapshots - X. Enigmatic
> Snapshots - XI. Funky
> Snapshots - XII. Freely, sparce
> Snapshots - XIII. Energetic
> Snapshots - XIV. Deadpan, mechanical
> Snapshots - XV. Flowing
> Snapshots - XVI. Medium groove
> Snapshots - XVII. Dramatic
> Snapshots - XVIII. Dreamlike, freely
> Snapshots - XIX. Hammered
> Snapshots - XX. Lilting
> Snapshots - XXI. Jubilant
> Snapshots - XXII. Muscular
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - I. Lentamente
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - II. Andante
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - III. Allegretto
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - IV. Animato
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - V. Molto giocoso
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - VI. Con eleganza
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - VII. Pittoresco
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - VIII. Commodo
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - IX. Allegretto tranquillo
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - X. Ridicolosamente
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XI. Con vivacita
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XII. Assai moderato
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XIII. Allegretto
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XIV. Feroce
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XV. Inquieto
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XVI. Dolente
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XVII. Poetico
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XVIII. Con una dolce lentezza
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XIX. Presto agitatissimo e molto accentuato
> Visions fugitives, Op. 22 - XX. Lento irrealmente
> Piano Sonata No. 1 - I. Con brio
> Piano Sonata No. 1 - II. Largo
> Piano Sonata No. 1 - III. Presto
> Piano Sonata No. 1 - IV. Misterioso
> Piano Sonata No. 1 - V. Feroce

Album Summary

>Knell, Peter : Snapshots, for piano
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22
>Knell, Peter : Sonata for Piano no 1
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Sono Luminus is excited to present Snapshots, a stunning collection of short yet brilliant piano works by composers Peter Knell and Sergei Prokofiev, all expertly executed by celebrated pianist Markus Pawlik. Pawlik has been characterized as a rare pianist who combines sensitivity and expressiveness together with a technique that evinces phenomenal virtuosity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Herbert Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School Of Performi (02/04/2008-02/05/2008).



Reviews

These miniatures shine
This recording features two works by Peter Knell, and one by Sergei Prokofiev -- but there's a good reason for its inclusion.

The title work, Snapshots is a set of 22 short vignettes for piano. Each one is a delightful miniature. Knell has arranged them so that they form a logical progression, making Snapshots an enjoyable 20-minute listen.

Prokofiev's Visions fugitives, Op. 27 follows Snapshots on the album. This collection of 20 short piano pieces invites comparison to the miniatures of Knell's work. Prokfiev's forward-looking acerbic writing nicely complements Knell's sometimes backward-looking style, and the two works kind of meet stylistically in the middle.

Knell's Piano Sonata No. 1 rounds out the program. Although a weightier work than Snapshots, it still fits with the other two pieces. This 12-minute sonata comprises of five short movements, all under three minutes in length. This is about the same length as some of the longer sections of Snapshots and Visions fugitives. The sonata moves from one distilled emotion to the next, each movement offering a dramatic contrast to the one before.

Knell's piano writing is idiomatic and sure. Knell incorporates elements of other musical genres (like rock and soul) into his pieces, making them true works of the eclectic 21st century.

Markus Pawlik's technique is flawless. His clean articulation at times makes the music sparkle.
Submitted on 11/08/13 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Knell, Peter : Snapshots, for piano
  • Performer: Markus Pawlik (Piano)
  • Notes: Herbert Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School Of Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA (02/04/2008-02/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22
  • Performer: Markus Pawlik (Piano)
  • Notes: Herbert Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School Of Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA (02/04/2008-02/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915-1917

>Knell, Peter : Sonata for Piano no 1
  • Performer: Markus Pawlik (Piano)
  • Notes: Herbert Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School Of Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA (02/04/2008-02/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary